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Douglas County Historical Society

at Historic Fort Omaha
30th & Fort Streets

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5730 N. 30 St, #11B Omaha, NE 68111

Phone: 402-455-9990
Fax: 402-453-9448
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General Crook House
Monday - Friday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday
1 to 4 p.m.

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March 7
Irish for Americans Class, 1 - 3 p.m.
Crook House Museum, Education Room

If you have ever wanted an introduction to the Irish language, this is your chance! Irish for Americans is a course that looks at the history of the Irish language, how it is used in Ireland today, and how it is used in the United States. Students will learn the five words every Irish-American should know, along with words used to describe family, for holidays, to describe Irish culture, and even the language of drinking. Every word in this class has been chosen because it can be used as part of an English sentence, and instructor Max Sparber will offer tools for remembering the words as well as examples of how to use it as part of an English sentence.

Max Sparber is the Research Specialist for the Douglas County Historical Society, as well as the author of the website “The Happy Hooligan”, which explores the Irish-American experience.

Cost to attend this class is $5 for members, $10 for non-members. Space is limited so register now by calling 402-455-9990 ext. 101 or emailing Members@DouglasCoHistory.org.

March 8
Second Sunday Talk, 2:00 p.m.
Fort Omaha Campus Building 10, Room 110

DCHS’s March Second Sunday Talk will feature Dennis Mihelich, retired historian and professor at Creighton University. An author of an extensive history of the University, he will be presenting a history of the Creighton family. The Creightons were among Omaha’s leaders in business and philanthropy. They were involved in all manner of business from banking and the stockyards to the transcontinental telegraph. When Edward Creighton died in 1874 his fortune passed to his wife, Mary Lucretia Creighton. After her death in 1876, Mary’s will provided $100,000 as a memorial to her late husband “to purchase the site for a school in the city of Omaha and erect buildings thereon for a school of the class and grade of a college.”

This Second Sunday event will be held on March 8 at 2 pm at the Fort Omaha campus of Metro Community College in Building 10, Room 110. The event is free for members and $5 for non-members. Please call 402-455-9990 ext. 101 or email  members@douglascohistory.org for reservations.

March 24
Page From Our Past, 5:30 p.m.
Library Archives Center

Douglas County Historical Society (DCHS) will feature author Tim Dempsey’s book Well I'll Be Hanged: Early Capital Punishment in Nebraska at our March 24th Page from Our Past author event taking place from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the DCHS Library Archives Center. The program focuses on history-based authors, both of fiction and non-fiction. A Page from Our Past is a casual and intimate roundtable discussion, where the audience has the opportunity to get up close and personal with the authors. Each program concludes with a book signing and time to meet one-on-one with the featured author.

Tim Dempsey is a native of Omaha, Nebraska and retired thirty year law enforcement officer. He has a B. S. in Criminal Justice and a M. P. A. from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Tim was a part-time instructor at U. N. Omaha for over twenty-five years, and now serves as a member of the Board of Governors of Metropolitan Community College. In 2004, the Police Officers Association of Nebraska inducted Tim as a member of the Nebraska Law Enforcement Hall of Fame.

Sam Richards was more than likely Nebraska’s first serial killer. Among his many victims were a mother and her three children who were savagely beaten to death. In 1879, Richards was hung for his crimes in Kearney County, Nebraska, and his skull eventually placed on display in the window of the local newspaper. George Morgan was a pedophile who raped and then choked an eleven year old to death on November 3, 1895 in Omaha. Morgan was hung in Douglas County, Nebraska in 1897. From 1867, when Nebraska became a state, until 1897, fourteen convicted killers were condemned to their fate on a gallows erected in county jail yards across the state. Thirteen of these doomed men died at the hands of a county sheriff and one was executed by a United States Marshal. This book looks at all fourteen of these cases. They represent the workings of Nebraska’s criminal justice system in the late nineteenth century, and the men that made it work.

This book is currently available in our bookstore located in the General Crook House Museum. Participants who have registered to take part in the program receive a 5% discount off of the retail price of the books! Get your copy today! 

Cost to participate in these discussions is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Pre-registration is required and seating will be limited to 20 participants. To register, email members@douglascohistory.org or call 402-455-9990, ext. 101.